Victor Barrera Killed in Hit-and-Run on Galveston Ave in Houston, TX
UPDATE (October 18, 2022): Sources later identified the victim of this accident as 22-year-old Victor Barrera.
Houston, TX — June 19, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Galveston Road in southeast Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:40 a.m. on Galveston Road near Clear Lake City Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was on foot either in or near the road when he was hit by a northbound vehicle, believed to be a sedan of unknown make or model. After the impact the driver left the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Victor Barrera Hit-and-Run in Houston
It's always frustrating to see a situation like this, and I'd imagine everybody but the runaway driver wants them found and brought to justice. In the meantime this terrible incident has lingering questions, not least of which is "Why did the driver flee?"
There are many possible answers to that, among them a common element in many such cases: Alcohol. Frankly, a lot of hit-and-run drivers leave a late-night crash scene because they were drunk and in their compromised judgment thought the smartest thing to do was take off (or they just didn't want police to know).
At the very least this incident could use a DWI investigation on top of tracking down the driver in the first place. Some may think that part's not as important as simply finding the suspect, and while I agree that's the main priority finding out if they were intoxicated still matters because a local bar might be liable for the tragic damage done under dram shop law. That bar would then have a responsibility to help the victim's family recover from their devastating loss.
Whether alcohol was a factor here or not, it will take diligent efforts from investigators and help from the community to track down the specific individual who should face justice. If everyone cooperates and shares any new information, I'm confident that can be done.